Comets display resurgence

By AARON KELLY

CENTRAL Comets enforcer Andrew Dale is living proof that it pays to be patient in football, as in life.

Dale, 22, has made his mark in this year's Queensland Wizard Cup and was once again at his rampaging best in the Comets' 36-14 loss to the Ipswich Jets at Browne Park on Saturday night.

In a must-win game to avoid the wooden-spoon, ball security halted the home side's fightback, who rallied from 20-6 down at the break to trail by just six points midway through the second half.

After terrorising opposition defences in the CQ Extended League for CQU Norths in recent seasons, Dale made his long-awaited Comets' debut in round four and hasn't looked back.

"I'm a bit dirty on myself for not getting fit earlier,'' said Dale, a crowd favourite at Browne Park for his big fend and bulldozing runs.

Dale hopes to be cleared for this weekend's final round clash with Tweed Heads after he was placed on report for a first half dangerous throw on Jets winger Luke Walker.

Dale said his team-mates were determined to finish a tough season on a strong note and thanked departing coach Neale Crow for his services with a well-deserved win.

One player not expected to make the away trip is Fitzroy-Gracemere captaincoach Rex Gamble (corked leg), who answered an SOS on Saturday night.

Round 22 (August 20-21) ? Saturday: Redcliffe v Norths (Dolphin Oval, 2pm), North Qld v Toowoomba (Dairy Farmers Stadium, 5.30pm); Sunday: Tweed Heads v Central (Piggabeen Sports Complex, 2.30pm), Wynnum v Burleigh (Kougari Oval, 3pm), Souths Logan v Easts (Brandon Park, 3pm), Ipswich bye.



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